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Alright so right now I've got an Epi LP 100 (sunburst), but it's not doing to hot. It's got a gash on top, the strings never stay in tune, and I'm having trouble with a loose pick up. Yes, I've replaced them, no good, And the strap holders are horrible. No matter what strap, it's guaranteed to fall off during a performance. To sum it all up, my guitar is embarrassing. I'm looking to buy a new guitar before I start a rock band with some of my friends from school. I would like to stay between the 200-300 dollar area, but I want it to be really really nice. I would gladly appreciate any recommendations!!!!

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-KP

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Alright so right now I've got an Epi LP 100 (sunburst), but it's not doing to hot. It's got a gash on top, the strings never stay in tune, and I'm having trouble with a loose pick up. Yes, I've replaced them, no good, And the strap holders are horrible. No matter what strap, it's guaranteed to fall off during a performance. To sum it all up, my guitar is embarrassing. I'm looking to buy a new guitar before I start a rock band with some of my friends from school. I would like to stay between the 200-300 dollar area, but I want it to be really really nice. I would gladly appreciate any recommendations!!!!

Thanks

-KP

 

I'd suggest taking your epi to a tech and get the tuning issue sorted. Forget the gash and ask about the loose pickup. Pickups are supposed to be loose but since you indicate that you only have an issue with one of them perhaps this might be something different. You should save most of that budget for a new guitar and end up with a better instrument.

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Nothing wrong with an Epiphone to start with. I had a 'Rose Morris' Les Paul copy (1970 ish). If anyone remembers those? Much worse than an Epi. My next was a Fender Tele. It was a 62 one. Wish I had that now. I agree on the set up. I should imagine $60-80 would sort it. If you lived by me, I'd do it for free. We (older) players should always help the young 'uns. I wish I'd had some help back then. All I had was 'Burt Weedon's', 'play in a day' book.

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Epiphones are generally really great instruments. especially last few years. I know of several skilled and successful musicians who can afford pretty much any guitar they'd want, but still stick with their trusted Epis.

Don't think you can do much better in that budget range, but saving up and getting a low end Gibson like a Les Paul Studio or Midtown, would be a noticeable and worthwhile upgrade.

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I wish I could get my hands on that Epi Paul, and fix it for you (no charge). Strap lock buttons are a "no brainer" to install, and as for the tuning problem...if you stretch the strings several times after changing them...your guitar should stay in tune. If the tuners are shot...thats another story. But again.... a simple quick easy fix. I have an Epi Paul and an Epi Joe Pass Emperor II. Great instruments...both made in China...but so what?? They sound, look and play great... and didn't send me to the poor house. I hope your troubles are fixed soon. Don't get rid of the guitar because of these very minor problems. The gash?? It probably adds character to the look. Best of luck...keep on playin'.

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I'm going to agree with what everyone has said previously.

 

Ignore the gash.

 

Take it to a repair shop. It should be inexpensive to sort everything out.

 

Get a pair of straplocks and it'll never fall off again.

 

Epi's are good guitars. To get anything significantly better will cost you a lot more than $300. Save up for a lot longer and get something a lot better a lot later on.

 

P.

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.... I would like to stay between the 200-300 dollar area, but I want it to be really really nice. ....

 

Beyond sticking with the Epi - Realistically, in that price range, you probably want to drop the "really really" and realize the best you can find might be "nice". Here's a link to a electric guitar search in the $200-$300 price range at MF - just a look at what's available - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/electric-guitars#fT=2012:200.00-300.00&gP=1&pS=20&v=g&sB=bS&lP=c&catId=site1AA

 

 

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The other guys pretty well said it.

 

I'll just add this: By the time you're an "old" player who's swapped guitars he/she wishes he/she hadn't - and "old player" could be age 20 - you'll realize you shouldn't have gotten rid of something better than some of the stuff you thought you had to have and swapped for. That's true if the "old" player is 20 or past 65. <grin>

 

The "young" player tends too often to think he/she needs something else even if they have a quality instrument, and will find a number of reasons to do so. My first 5 or 6 guitars definitely were upgrades, but after that... just ego and stupidity.

 

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Hi Kyler,

 

I'm sort of agreeing with past posts..

 

anything cosmetic, as said don't worry about it.

 

Strap buttons aren't the problem, it's probably just your strap that is worn out.

 

Go buy some of these: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/schaller-guitar-strap-locks-and-buttons-pair/360389000001000?src=3WWRWXGP&gclid=CNiEsbWY4LICFQme4Aod9W4A0A

 

That problem is now solved.

 

 

Loose Pickup: as long as it's not "falling out of the body" loose, don't worry about it. there's probably some missing spring or bushing that's causing this.

so it depends on what you are experiencing, if it's working, it's not broken.

 

Save what money you do have, and if you've the means to increase your savings, you could eventually upgrade to an Epi Les Paul standard, or Ultra or even go in another direction and look at something like a Sheraton, Wildkat or Casino.

 

Of course, the 300 dollar range may put you in the ball park to get a used Epi LP standard. Nothing wrong with Epi's I have two in my closet, (an Emperor Regent and a Elitist Chet Atkins.) and they are fine players.

 

Good luck!

 

/KB

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I'll just a comment or two here also...

 

The model guitar you have is, indeed, designed to fulfill several functions. It should give you plenty of opportunity for a wide range of sounds, yet it was also designed to be inexpensive with the bolt-on neck somewhat similar to Fenders instead of the somewhat higher quality of most Epis and Gibbies with a set neck.

 

There's a possibility that some frustration may arise with the bold-on neck depending on how it's being played. It may "rock" a bit more than a set neck if you put pulling or pushing pressure on it either front to back or side to side - and that could make some interesting differences in tuning compared to what another guitarist might do. Me, for example.

 

The thing about "young" players - whether they're your age or mine (and I'm easily old enough to be your grandfather) - is that they tend to physically work the instrument a lot more than more experienced players. It's not even a matter of skill or talent, just a comfort level that comes with a bit more experience. To put it bluntly, you may have twice the chops I have, but I probably will hold the guitar in a more relaxed position unless some circumstances make me a bit nervous. <grin>

 

As for the loose pickup - that's a matter of analysis as to how it's "loose" before any of us could give a proper diagnosis. I may be that a screw has come loose during adjustment or several other factors.

 

The strap "thing," too, depends not only on the strap ends but also how you play. A lotta rock pickers - even some country pickers - like the strap locks because their stage "act" means they're swinging the guitar in a way that would almost naturally bring it loose from the strap. In the pre straplock days, we hadda be pretty careful 'cuz the guitar coming loose was not uncommon.

 

For what it's worth, none of my AE guitars are trustworthy with the straps because to my knowledge, no straps are really designed for the more difficult geometry of an endpin jack. Those jacks are larger even on $4,000 instruments and they don't have as much "hold" as your Epi's original strap button, regardless the strap quality.

 

Just a few considerations to add to your thoughts.

 

m

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Sounds totally fixable, and quite usable, to me. BUT, IF you just want a "new" (or, new to you, at least) guitar, go out and play as many as you can, in that price range

(or, even a little above, or below), and see if there are any that you truly like better, regardless of band name. We all get "sick" of our guitars...from time to time. BUT, what

we're really "sick of," is our own playing, and a "new" guitar will make one a better player, right?! NOT!!! ;>)

 

Do what you want/need to do! BUT, be sure what your real motivations (and complaints) are based on.

 

Cheers, and good hunting!

 

CB

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